Quick & Easy Citations with Databases

Citations got you down? There’s an easier way! (CC image by Peter Alfred Hess)

When your professor asks you to cite your sources in APA (or MLA, AMA, APSA, ASFDKJ…), what do you do? If you’re a traditionalist, you might consult a style manual like Purdue OWL and type them out by hand, searching out each piece of information and formatting it accordingly. If you’re looking for a shortcut, Microsoft Word can help you out, or a number of websites like citationmachine.net or easybib.com. Those are all fine options, but I think there’s an easier way. Whether you find your research using QuickSearch, one of the library databases, or even Google Scholar, most modern databases will automatically cite your sources for you, if you know where to look. Continue reading

AKA: Proquest Flow is now RefWorks

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A few months ago, I waxed poetic about the features of a reference manager called Proquest Flow, but if you go looking for it today, you won’t have much luck. The good news, however, is that all of the same great tools and easy-to-use interface are still available, just under a new name: RefWorks.  Continue reading

New Kid on the (Citation) Block: Proquest Flow

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There are lots of tools available to help you navigate the minutia of citation style guidelines (first name or initial? period or comma? italics or not? and what on earth do I do with the 3rd edition of an e-book with 7 editors translated from German?) and keep your research organized (I know I read the perfect quote, if only I could remember where!). They vary from free online citation generators, like Citation Machine or EasyBib, to more robust software that allows you to save citations, articles, notes and more – you might be familiar with NoodleTools or have read our post on Mendeley. ProQuest Flow is one of the newest additions to your options for reference managers, but it’s one of my favorites. Continue reading